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Melissa Ezarik
How school system leaders can use a new guide containing three mindsets and five core functions for strategic CFOs. Read more>>

Max Gertz, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
Max Gertz, DA guest columnist and a speaker at DA’s FETC 2020, says that moving away from a grade model and allowing students to create their individualized paths toward learning will empower and motivate the students for future success. Read more>>

Amber Jones, DA guest columnist
Recent advances in technology and classroom design have played a significant role in enabling personalized learning to blossom by creating optimum environments for blended learning programs and other concepts, says DA guest columnist Amber Jones. Read more>>

Top News
Special education students in 11 Ohio school districts are expected to get extra support in an attempt to improve learning and testing scores, according to a settlement in a 28-year lawsuit that’s finally winding to a close. Read more>>

A group of Tennessee lawmakers is drafting a bill that would raise the legal age to buy e-cigarettes and tobacco products in the state. The state predicts raising the tobacco sale age to 21 will reduce the smoking rate by 12 percent. Read more>>

Two Montgomery County Council committees are recommending the creation of six new school nurse positions in hopes of alleviating an ongoing shortage in Maryland’s largest school system. Read more>>

In 2004, Texas put an arbitrary cap on how many children could receive special education. Last year, the policy was deemed illegal, but some parents still struggle to enroll their kids in special ed. Read more>>

Chalkbeat Detroit
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the city expects to be able to roll out universal pre-K for 4-year-olds by next fall, a development that could have a significant impact in a city where many children lack access to quality preschool programs. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

San Francisco Chronicle
Ethnic studies can be preventative as well as restorative. If students in all communities of California were to receive a thorough education on the multicultural experience of historical and contemporary U.S., it would help to bond fragmented cultures rather than perpetuate the fear and anger that comes with cycles of accusation and ignorance. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
Schools are overlooking gifted students who would benefit from services, including large numbers of black and Latino students, a report argues. Four of 10 children attended public schools where not a single student was identified as gifted. Read more>>

Industry News

PowerSchool Group LLC
Teachers will now benefit from Schoology’s learning management system joining existing gradebook, assessment, teacher professional learning and special programs tools as part of PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom. Read more>>

NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc.
Montague Public Schools is installing NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc.'s Continental Access division Access Control products and Alarm Lock's Trilogy locks as part of a school district security project to provide an integrated enterprise class security solution. Read more>>